234 To Horace Mann [1742
81. To HOEACE MANN.
London, June 3, 1742.
I HAVE sent Mr. Chute all the news; I shall only say to you that I have read your last letter about Lady W. to Sir E. He was not at all surprised at her thoughts of England, but told me that last week my Lord Carteret had sent him a letter which she had written to him, to demand his protection. This you may tell publicly; it will show her ladyship's credit.
Here is an epigram, which I believe will divert you : it is on Lord May's garden upon Hounslow Heath.
Old Islay, to show his fine delicate taste1
In improving his gardens purloin'd from the waste,
Bade his gard'ner one day to open his views,
By cutting a couple of grand avenues:
No particular prospect his lordship intended,
But left it to chance how his walks should be ended.
With transport and joy he beheld his first view end In a favourite prospect—a church that was ruin'd-— But alas! what a sight did the next cut exhibit! At the end of the walk hung a rogue on a gibbet! He beheld it and wept, for it caus'd him to muse on Full many a Campbell that died with his shoes on. All amaz'd and aghast at the ominous scene, He order'd it quick to be clos'd up again -With a clump of Scotch firs, that serv'd for a Screen.
Sir Robert asked me yesterday about the Dominichin, but I did not know what to answer: I said I would write to you about it. Have you bought it ? or did you quite put it off? I had forgot to mention it again to you. If you have it not, I am still of opinion that you should buy it for him. Adieu!
LETTER 81.—1 These lines were Art of Politics and. The Man of Taste. written by Bramston, author of The Walpole.